+ RSE scheme back for 3 Pacific countries
Seasonal workers from Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu will be allowed into the country without having to go into managed isolation from September, the government says, reports RNZ.
Tonga has had zero Covid-91 cases, Samoa just one, and Vanuatu had four - all cases at the border with no community transmission.
The Recognised Seasonal Employers (RSE) scheme benefited the Pacific Islands by more than $50 million last year.
Pacific governments remain keen to get as many of their workers into New Zealand's Recognised Seasonal Employer, or RSE, scheme, as possible.
But Unions and economists say fruit and vegetable pickers from the Pacific Islands suffer high costs and poor pay and are often left with almost no money to send home.
There is also pressure to make sure that workers returning to the Pacific bring back transferrable skills that support local communities in the long term.